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Natural Hair Is Too Expensive?

Naptural85 writes:

Let’s talk… we need to discuss the topic of natural hair and why it’s so expensive!! I hope you enjoy!

I Need Some Great Natural Hair Blogs

I’ve been growing my hair out since Feb of last year and this has been a struggle. I have no clue what my hair wants :( So I need some guidance…

I found HeyFranHey just last night and that blog is amazing. I wonder if there is more…

Care to share some great natural hair blogs or even personal tips, if you have any?

History Lesson || Why Women Of Color In The 1800s Were Banned From Wearing Their Hair Out In Public

BGLH writes:

“Did you know that in late 18th century Louisiana, black and multiracial women were ordered to cover their hair in public?” My sister asked me.

“WOW. Really?” I replied.

I’d probably heard of this in one of my black studies classes in undergrad, but who remembers everything they’ve been taught? Besides, this information felt instantly relevant and I was absolutely intrigued.

With a little digging I found that there was in fact a “law” of sorts that demanded women of color in Louisiana to cover their hair with a fabric cloth starting in 1789 as a part of what was called the Bando du buen gobierno (Edict for Good Government).  What these rules were meant to do was try to curtail the growing influence of the free black population and keep the social order of the time. The edict included sections specifically about the changing of certain “unacceptable” behaviors of the free black women in the colony including putting an end to what he and others believed to be the overly ostentatious hairstyles of these ladies which drew the attention of white men, and the jealousy of white women. These rules are called the “Tignon Laws” A tignon (pronounced “tiyon”) is a headdress.

Read more here.

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Afro-Brazilian Women Flaunt Natural Hair At Carnival 

Fusion writes:

Hundreds of Afro-Brazilians took to the streets of Rio over the weekend in a Carnival street parade to encourage black Brazilian women to show off their natural hair and strut their curls.

The “curl power” parade was one of more than 100 street celebrations held in Rio ahead of Friday’s official start of Carnival, where street celebration themes can range from the playful to the more serious, touching on the country’s social or political issues.

The curl empowerment parade was sponsored by a Brazilian beauty salon chain. “We are telling women that they can leave their hair the way it naturally is, and feel confident and pretty, without denying their identity,” Leila Velez, a partner in the Natural Beauty salon told The Associated Press.

Read more here.

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Ineffective Ways You Could Be Moisturizing Your Hair

“If you are experiencing breakage, you must find the cause. I came up with a list of ineffective ways you could be moisturizing your hair. I also discovered some I didn’t know from Black Girl Long Hair. They’re a great resource for natural haircare.”

Via Chime Edwards

Natural Hair Breakage || 10 Reasons You’re Losing Length

Devry Velasquez writes:

Breakage occurs by a number of bad habits within your personal hair care routine. Chances are, you may not even realize they are bad habits. Give your hair a rest from the damaging practices and watch the luster restore right before your eyes–in time and with patience, of course.

1. You skipped your detangling session.
Detangling can be a daunting task, especially for curly and natural hair. It is so necessary, though. If you normally have coils and curls and start noticing actual locs forming, that is no good. When you finally decide to get down to the nitty gritty of detangling, you might pull and tug hair and break it. Hearing hair rip while detangling is a bad sign. Get into a nightly habit of creating sections and either doing bantu knots, twists, or braids before going to sleep. That way, you can prolong your next detangling session and not have to worry about more breakage or shed hair.

2. You use a sulfate packed shampoo.
Sulfates dry the hair and strip the scalp of its natural oils–causing the hair to be weak, brittle, and dull. This makes styling an extreme risk to the health of your hair, especially if you use a comb or brush, flat iron, or hair ties. Weaker hair means breakage prone. Next time, check the bottle of your cleanser to make sure it is sulfate-free. As I Am Cleansing Pudding is sulfate-free but still creamy, and includes moisturizing tangerine extract and aloe leaf juice for great slip.

3. You brush your hair dry.
If hair is breaking excessively, it is likely in need of extra moisture and nourishment. Using a brush on dry hair is a big no-no because curly hair tends to be weaker when it is dry. If you must brush, do so gently only after hair has been sprayed with a water bottle and a water-based refresher like Obia Natural Curl Hydration Spray has been applied thoroughly. 

4. You dry your hair with a terry cloth towel.
Haven’t you heard? Microfiber towels are all the rage–just ask your curls. Not only do they lessen the chance for unhealthy hair breakage, but they also reduce that pesky frizz halo you might get after co-washing. Use a DevaCurl DevaTowel for quick absorption on those rushed mornings.

5. You are still sleeping on a cotton pillowcase.
Cotton creates additional friction that hair can totally live without. Sleeping on it for hours on end isn’t healthy, so double up on your satin or silk intake–pillowcase and bonnet. Miss Jessie’s Night Cap was made for this. 

Read the rest here.

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Does your hair growth seem stunted no matter what you use? Are you struggling to keep your scalp moisturized and itch-free? Long, shiny and beautiful hair starts at the scalp! This video will show you my All-Natural Hair & Scalp Cleansing Regimen to help keep your scalp healthy and in turn help your hair retain moisture, length, fullness and shine. This 4-step beauty regimen will leave your hair looking lush and amazing almost immediately! You just need Unrefined Coconut Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, the White Camellia conditioner by Aubrey Organics and the Anti-Breakage Yucca Masque by Shea Moisture. Interested in hearing how and why? Watch the tutorial for more information!

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Whipped Coconut Oil Pre-Poo Treatment

My Natural Sistas write:

Here’s a super easy and affordable Do-It-Yourself Pre-Poo (deep treatment before cleansing hair) for dry natural hair. Coconut Oil is great because it has been proven to actually penetrate the hair and reduce breakage by protecting the hair from hydral fatigue and protein loss during your wash regimen.

Shea Moisture recently released a Manuka Honey & Mafura line (as well as a Jamaican Black Castor Oil line) that I’m sincerely in love with.

Manuka benefits for hair: aids in the regrowth of thinning hair, prevents dry scalp and build up and dope for shine and combatting frizz.

Mafura benefits for hair: Contains essential fatty acids that are known to strengthen, deeply moisturize and soften dry hair. Also has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties for a healthier scalp.

In other words? Your hair health, scalp health and growth are about to be on 10! I’ve been using the conditioner and deep conditioner once a week followed by the Alikay Naturals Lemongrass leave-in (finger raked into freshly washed, soaking wet hair) and then a layer of their Shea Yogurt Moisturizer on top, to seal it all in (Discussed this organic brand a few months back. Here)

Both lines were purchased at Target! The weather is changing up so this is my go-to healthy hair regimen for the cooler temps.

P.S. ALL of these smell like absolute heaven on earth. Seriously.

Have any of you tried these products? Thoughts?

TSA Changing Stance On Natural Hair Searches

Refinery29 writes:

Going through TSA security at the airport isn’t exactly what we’d call a pleasant experience. But, being asked to remove our shoes and walk through a metal detector is nothing compared to what women (and some men) with natural hair have been going through. Until just a few days ago, the TSA had been singling out African-American women and giving them “random” hair searches. That practice, though, is on its way out — thanks in large part to Novella Coleman, a staff lawyer at the ACLU.

Coleman herself has been the subject of profiling by the TSA. “The first time it happened, I didn’t know that the TSA was in the business of searching women’s hair,” she explains. After she stepped through the full-body scanner at security while traveling with ACLU coworkers, a TSA agent approached her even though nothing on her body triggered any alarms. “The agent said ‘I have to check your hair,’ and before I could question it, she pulled me aside and started squeezing it from top to bottom.” Coleman wears her hair in locs, which she had at the time of the incident.    

Find more information here.

Natural Hair || How To Oil Cleanse For Stronger, Longer Hair

Black Girl Long Hair writes:

For many women with natural hair the most tedious part of their hair care routine is wash day. Now, while I haven’t yet figured out a way to shorten my 1-1 ½ hour routine to 20 minutes, I have learned to make certain steps much easier. Oil cleansing, for me, has been a great way to minimize both the time it takes to clean my scalp when washing and the oil needed for my dry scalp after washing. Oil cleansing can also be a great substitute for your full wash day routine when you’re strapped for time or simply want to quickly refresh your hair.

So what is oil cleansing? Simply put, you coat your hair with an oil of your choice prior to washing. You then rinse the oil out using only water (or a mild cleanser) so that some of the oil remains absorbed by your hair. The type of oil you use and the method you use when applying the oil can lead to varying levels of success.

Read more on Oil Cleansing natural hair here.

I avoided using the Jamaican Black Castor Oil line by Shea Moisture, trying to control my old product junky ways. But I gave in when I heard @evelynfromtheinternets talking about how perfect it was. And I watched vids with 3 different hair types saying the same exact thing.

Let me tell you, this leave-in really is everything! It smells good, comes in a 16 oz jar for $11 and has the perfect combination of natural ingredients for a fresh Spring/Summer hair regimen. I grabbed my jar from Target, spotted the line at Walgreens and apparently there’s a BOGO sale at CVS right now through Sunday. I tweeted about it earlier and every tweet back to me was raving about how great it was. Def look into it if you’re looking for a new leave-in/styling product to help your natural hair pop 💕

Have any of you tried it yet?

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7 Things That Matter More Than Your Hair “Type”

Black Girl Long Hair writes:

When people ask me what my hair texture is, I typically give one of two replies: “3c” or “type 3-something”. In truth, I really don’t use the hair typing system (unless a blog post specifically calls for it), because I don’t find it to be all that useful. I just use those responses to satiate people’s need to quantify and classify. Really, if I were to use the typing system, my hair would be all over the place. Some parts of my hair act like they want to be 3b when they grow up, my crown has days when it thinks its 4a, I’ve got a cool little patch of 3c ringlets over my right ear, and then there’s the front of my hair, which does not compute on any scale. In fact, the more I look at my hair, the more I realize I’m a curl impostor. My hair has a range of tight and compact waves, to looser, more elongated waves that form a curl on (most) ends.

I say all this to say, that categorizing your hair by any typing system or anything else has its place in your natural hair journey, but it should not be your central focus. Particularly if you have multiple textures (which is fairly common among naturals). Because texture typing is more subjective, you can have a variety of curl patterns identify themselves as one thing (I get a headache every time I try to Google or YouTube something for 3c hair), and it does not take into account unique characteristic traits that are more valuable to the health of your hair, and the ease of your journey.

Here are 7 things that matter more than your hair type

How Focusing On Hair Porosity This Winter Can Lead To Healthier Longer Hair

Black Girl Long Hair writes:

When I began researching natural hair porosity, it was like glitter rained down from the sky and I truly began to figure out my hair. I found focusing on porosity to be much more helpful than relying on curl pattern. For those of you unfamiliar, porosity is how well your hair absorbs and holds onto moisture.

As the seasons change, you might need to make some changes to your regimen due to lower temperatures and dew points. Low porosity hair often has trouble absorbing moisture, while high porosity hair has issues retaining moisture. This may become even more of an issue when it gets cold and dry outside. Modification of your hair regimen should typically depend on your local climate. For instance, in Los Angeles, I never really had an issue or needed to re-assess my regimen for my porosity because the weather is pretty mild year-round. But on the East Coast, the quickly falling temps (Seriously, 50 degrees in October? Sigh.) make some regimen tweaks necessary.

Read more info on Hair Porosity and Regimen Tips here.

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Are you struggling to retain moisture in your hair? Is your hair growth “stunted”? Can’t seem to find the right combination of products to give you that long-lasting softness, definition and shine? This video shows you my 4-step wash & go regimen to help you achieve that beautiful lush hair you’re looking for! 3 super healthy, affordable and easily accessible products. Watch the video above for the explanation and step-by-step tutorial! Hope it’s helpful <3

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Natural Hair Tips For Spring & Summer Humidity

Tonya McKay writes:

As we move into spring and summer — our favorite seasons for fun outdoor activities — we face challenges with our curly hair that are unique to the climate and activities.

There’s no denying that the change  in seasons can be tough on our hair care routines. Products and  processes that were working so well suddenly seem to have the opposite  effect. Often, at the heart of these issues is a change in the  environmental moisture content (humidity). High humidity is especially  harsh on curly hair.

The reason for its susceptibility to humidity fluctuations lies in the physical structure of curly hair. Straight hair, undamaged by environmental or treatment factors, has a protective outer layer of cuticle scales that overlap and lie fairly flat against one another. Curly hair, even in very good condition, is much more porous because those cuticle scales do not always lie flat. This porosity allows more water to migrate out of curly hair into the environment in dry weather (not good), and also allows more moisture from the environment to migrate into the cortex of the hair strands in humid weather (also not good).

Find more hair care information here.

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New Video || DIY All-Natural, Raw & Organic Hair Butter For Winter

The temperatures have officially dropped! That means it’s time to pull out the thicker hair butters and creams to protect our natural strands from harsh winds. An even cooler idea would be to make our own at home, using all-natural ingredients and a blender! No stove. No heat. No fuss. And you’ll be finished in 5-minutes, tops!

This recipe focuses on hair growth, dry, itchy scalp, moisture and sealing.

I hope you love it! Let me know!

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6 Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar On Natural Hair

BGLH writes:

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and women. The acidity is close to that of natural hair, it’s a good conditioner, cleansing agent and an effective germ killer.

As a result, apple cider vinegar uses and benefits for the hair include:

  1. Vinegar hair rinse
  2. Hair Herbal rinse
  3. Essential oil vinegar hair rinse
  4. Dandruff and itchy scalp relief
  5. Natural hair loss treatment
  6. Home Remedy for head Lice

Find the 6 all-natural rinse recipes here.